Lions Rd detours have been defended as heavy rain and planned roadworks on the Summerland Way are set to create a nightmare for riders on the Queensland-NSW border.
The popular motorcycle road was closed most of 2017 and reopened in December 2017. However, there is now a dirt detour while the last three of seven wooden bridges are updated to modern two-lane concrete bridges.
Kyogle Council had pledged there would be no more full closures on the Lions Rd for bridgework and detours will be road-bike friendly.
However, recent heavy rain has now closed the road with an opening date still up in the air.
Lions Rd detours
Lions Rd bridge work
Kyogle Council spokesman Tony Lickiss has defended the unsealed detours on the Lions Rd.
He says the road has had “an enormous volume of riders over the low road in the last month and we have received some complaints”.
“But when viewed over the number of riders accessing the road the percentage is diminishingly small,” he says.
“If people take a common sense approach to the crossing there is no issue and full-fledged road bikes are negotiating it without issues. If you take it as a stage in a TT then yes, you will have issues.
“Our anecdotal feedback from the vast majority is it’s a bit of an adventure and there is no problems.
“We will be touching up the crossings as soon as possible when and if the river ever goes down. Until then the Summerland Way is the primary route.”
Summerland Way roadworks
However, the problem for riders is that the alternative route between Rathdowney and Kyogle over the Summerland Way is scheduled for major roadworks from next Monday (March 12 to 28, 2018).
Roads and Maritime Services has confirmed the scheduled roadworks will start on Monday, even if the Lions Rd is not reopened in time.
Tony says the RMS has “not even contacted us to officially inform us works are taking place in the shire”.
“I don’t know their program or scope for that matter. However they will have standard traffic control in place,” he says.
The roadworks notice says the Summerland Way, 36km north of Kyogle, will be closed to all traffic from 8pm to 2am from March 12 to 28. There will also be long delays from 2pm daily for drilling.
Live Traffic check
There will be no detours, so you may face long delays if riding this way.
We suggest that if you plan riding in this region, first check the RMS Live Traffic website for updates and alerts on closures and delays.